Ingestion Sensors Track Psychiatric Medication Adherence

A digital health feedback system (DHFS) involving the ingestion of a digital sensor could help improve medication adherence in patients with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, study findings show.

….The DHFS involves patients ingesting a tablet with an embedded digital sensor at the same time as their medication. On ingestion, the sensor separates from the tablet and is activated by stomach fluids, causing it to emit a unique signal that is picked up by an adhesive sensor worn on the torso. This automatically logs the date and time of each digital tablet ingestion, as well as physiologic measures including activity and heart rate.

…The researchers comment that “since a large proportion of nonadherence is not willful, conscious refusal to take medication, tools that can assist and empower patients and caregivers to play a more informed role in their own health care offer an opportunity to improve adherence.”

Indeed, their results, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, showed that 70% of study participants found the DHFS concept easy to understand, 78% said they would like to receive reminders on their cell phone if they forgot to take their medications, and 89% thought the DHFS would be useful to them.

By Lucy Piper, Senior medwireNews Reporter

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